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Former UGA Homecoming King Nominated for Teacher of the Year

Earlier this year, former UGA Homecoming King Darryl Rashad Tricksey ’10 was named a teacher of the year finalist by the Houston Independent School District.

Tricksey earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental health science from UGA in 2010 and his teaching certification from the University of St. Thomas the following year.

He is now the director of school culture, magnet coordinator, science teacher, and department head at Fondren Middle School in Houston, Texas. As the director of school culture, Tricksey is responsible for improving the overall environment of Fondren through parent, student and community engagement.

While attending UGA, Tricksey was an honors student, 2008 orientation leader, and a tour guide with the UGA Visitor’s Center. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and an apprentice in the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities, through which he presented his research at the CURO International Symposium in Costa Rica. He was also the first recipient of the Georgia Power Environmental Health Scholarship. This strong campus involvement led to his being named UGA’s first African-American homecoming king.

I am proud to congratulate Darryl on this honor. There are approximately 11,000 teachers in his school district and he was one of only ten secondary teachers nominated for teacher of the year. Darryl is a fine example of how our young alumni are already helping educate our country’s next great generation. Keep up the great work, Darryl!

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The Class of 2018 was welcomed into the Bulldog family with style yesterday afternoon during the fourth annual Freshman Welcome.

Freshman Welcome was a day of firsts for many of the students in attendance. First time at Sanford Stadium. First time Between the Hedges. First time hearing from President Jere W. Morehead (JD '80) and Football Coach Mark Richt. First time learning UGA game day traditions like Calling the Dawgs, Krypton and the Battle Hymn of the Bulldog Nation. Click here to view a video of yesterday's festivities - or check out students' photos on Twitter and Instagram using #uga18

Already boasting the highest average GPA and SAT scores of any incoming class at UGA, the UGA Alumni Association knows the Class of 2018 will leave its mark on UGA.


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2014 Freshman Send-Off Recap

This summer, the UGA Alumni Association and alumni chapters from across the country welcomed incoming students and their families into the Bulldog family. Each participating chapter hosted its own Freshman Send-Off Party to introduce the Class of 2018 to the Bulldog Nation.

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We are happy to welcome the Class of 2018 and Go Dawgs!

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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. James Marshall Shepherd

Another star is born - and this time, it is a UGA professor stepping into the spotlight.

Dr. James Marshall Shepherd, a professor in the Department of Geography, will host a new Weather Channel show titled, “WxGeeks” (meaning Weather Geeks). 

Shepherd received his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Florida State University, and joined the UGA faculty in 2006. He teaches courses including ‘Introduction to Weather and Climate’ to ‘Applied Climatology in the Urban Environment.’

Though he may be a new celebrity to the general public, Shepherd is well-known in the climate and weather community. He is a former NASA scientist, the 2013 President of the American Meteorological Society, and heads the nationally-recognized Atmospheric Sciences Program at UGA.

During each episode, Shepherd and other special guests will share expert advice, news and weather-related conversation to educate the viewers in an entertaining format.

WxGeeks producer, Mike Chesterfield, said, “We hope the show can be as geeky and technical as an offline conversation between geeky weather people would be.”

Click here to learn more about "WxGeeks."

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